Archive for September, 2010

I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’ve been thinking about solids alot lately. My “Daydreaming” quilt – inspired by City Quilts –  still needs to be quilted – but I’ve been doodling more solids quilt ideas on envelop backs and the like. And, then, look what landed in my mail box for my Fresh Modern Bee II – some gorgeous colors and some black and white dots.

folded solid cottons and black and white polka dot fabrics for fresh modern bee II

And, did you know there’s a group on flickr that’s all solid quilts ? Here are a few inspiring examples:

mosaic of modern quilts with solid fabric

(Click through to flickr for the links to individual photos)

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Getting Ahead of Myself

I have four active projects as I type, not to mention my monthly bee blocks, that all really need my attention.

folded fabric stack - gray, green and lavender

This is not one of those projects – I don’t need another project, but I went and pulled this stack of fabric from my stash anyways.

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Take 2

I have two family birthdays coming up – the Roses quilt is done, so I’m on to the second project.

But this one isn’t a new quilt. I first made this quilt 10 or 11 years ago. It was one of my earliest quilts —  I was a crazy ambitious beginner who didn’t know better than to decide to make a quilt with a million half-square triangles and bias edges, until I was easing seams every which way and cutting off points left and right.  But, it came out alright, all things considered, and was well used.

Unfortunately, I didn’t know enough. at that point, about crafsmanship and quality materials, for it to be particularly durable. So, after 10 years it was showing it’s age badly, and wasn’t in regular use any more. I took it back and took it apart  (it was just tied, and not frequently enough) I threw out the polyester batting, gently washed and repaired the top, added new batting and soft new flannel backing, and am stippling the heck out of it.

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This quilt is finished. *yay*

I’ll come up with a post with words later, right now my brain is a bit fried (I work at a college, this is the first week of school, all is crazy, I  miss my Labor Day Weekend already) so, here are some pretty pictures.

(my favorite picture)

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I finished this little runner a while ago – but just got around to photographing it this weekend.

And had a good time doing it, so pardon the photo-heavy post, if you’re bothered by such things.

The center fabric is “Sparkle all the Way”  – and I love how it blends a motif that’s Christmas-y, but not in your face about it, with a mod style and color scheme.


It’s a simple runner: Simple square in square blocks, paisley backing, striped binding, random straightline quilting.

sparkle all the way christmas table runner - striped binding detail


The table runner is now for sale in my shop

sparkle all the way modern quilted table runner with improv patchwork blocks

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A holiday weekend and an approaching deadline = quick progress on this quilt

patchwork quilt heather bailey nicey jane roses with pink gingham and green kona solid

It’s all quilted. Hot off the press — err, sewing machine, with a few basting pins still in place.

framed square fussy cut floral roses quilt

The quilting is simple – a combination of grid quilting, with a few diagonal/cross hatching lines to keep it interesting.

tage style handmade patchwork quilt

And, ivory is such an impractical choice for binding, but I love these little dots as the finishing touch.

sewing quilt binding - sewing machine and thread

Except for the Nicey Jane floral, this is all solids and super simple, classic prints: dots for the binding, stripes for the back and a tiny gingham in the top.

handmade sweet cottage style quilt - floral, stripe, solid and gingham fabrics

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I’m busily working on my gift-making, but, when I’m done, this little top is waiting for me on the design wall.

modern patchwork quilt top - square in square with fussy cut centers - pink, orange, yellow, green and blue.

Thoughts on a border? I need a thin border (then probably some more white – because my quilts always “need” more white) – but I hadn’t decided which color before I had to stop working on this one.

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